by Dani Limback
Robalo, the outboard fishing boat range from Chaparral, will be on show for the first time in Melbourne next week at 'Jeff’s shed'.
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Following the Australian debut at Sanctuary Cove Boat show, Chaparral Australia’s Scott O’Hare is excited about introducing Melbournes fisho’s to his new range of serious offshore fishing boats.
Mr O’Hare said 'The boats themselves are renowned for their quality finish and tough construction, but the Hydro Lift hull design is what really sets them apart. Time and time again we take these boats out into seriously rough water and cannot believe how superb the ride is.
'Melbourne buyers will love all the standard fishing features, big fuel capacities and super economical hull design, but also the crossover range will appeal to the whole family.'
The Robalo designers have also realised that today’s boating families often want more than just a fishing boat; they seek to enjoy their investment more often with the flexibility to ski and cruise as well.
The new crossover range offer universal cockpit layout’s, built in toilets and single or twin outboard transoms whilst retaining all of the performance characteristics and serious fishability that Robalos are famous for.
Chaparral Australia will also have a big range of Chaparrals on display, including cruisers, wake boats, premium bowriders and entry level H2os.
'This is arguably our best ever Melbourne Boat Show line up,' said O’Hare. 'This is our home town show and we always enjoy putting our best foot forward. With the new Robalos, the latest Xtreme saltwater wake boat and big cruisers on display, we have something for everyone.
'Over the last few years Chaparral and Robalo have undertaken an unprecedented R&D program resulting in 32 models across the range with all new designs from the hull up,' added O’Hare. 'Being in such a strong financial position, with no debt and nearly 50 years of innovative and progressive industry leadership, Chaparral have well and truly come of age and now hold number one position in the US for 18 to 35 foot sport boats. Robalo have been a premium brand in the states since 1968 and currently hold the number #1 position in US with a 25% share of the fishing boat market from 18-30 feet,' he added.
Chaparral and Robalo have a solid reputation worldwide for quality, innovation and performance and offer a complete dealer network across Australia.
For more information on Chaparral sports boats go to www.chaparralboats.com or for Robalo fishing boats www.robalo.com or contact Chaparral Australia on (03) 9397 6977.